•   
  •   

Sport Australian coach Justin Langer confirms Marnus Labuschagne as certain starter for first Test against Pakistan

13:01  30 october  2019
13:01  30 october  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

Labuschagne century powers Bulls at Gabba

  Labuschagne century powers Bulls at Gabba Marnus Labuschagne has again starred for Queensland with his 135 helping the hosts to 9-295 in their one-day clash with South Australia at the Gabba.The Bulls were staggering early when Usman Khawaja (five), Matthew Renshaw (0) and Joe Burns (0) all fell with the score on 24 after the Redbacks opted to bowl on a lively Gabba deck.

With less than a month until the first Test of the Australian summer against Pakistan , head coach Justin Langer has confirmed in-form batsman Marnus Labuschagne will be a certain starter . There is now two batting spots up for grabs in the Aussie top six - Steve Smith, David Warner and Matt

With less than a month until the first Test of the Australian summer against Pakistan , head coach Justin Langer has confirmed in-form batsman Marnus Labuschagne will be a certain starter . There is now two batting spots up for grabs in the Aussie top six - Steve Smith, David Warner and Matt

a group of baseball players standing on top of each other© Getty Images

With less than a month until the first Test of the Australian summer against Pakistan, head coach Justin Langer has confirmed in-form batsman Marnus Labuschagne will be a certain starter.

There is now two batting spots up for grabs in the Aussie top six - Steve Smith, David Warner and Matt Wade are also all locked in.

That makes the upcoming Australia A game against Pakistan absolutely crucial as the likes of Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja and Will Pucovski battle for spots.

Langer confirmed on Wednesday that the 25-year old would be in the team - but couldn't confirm where he would bat.

"He'll be in the first Test team," he said.

A return to captaincy for Smith? CA boss talks up Paine, Finch

  A return to captaincy for Smith? CA boss talks up Paine, Finch Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts intimated that Steve Smith was not guaranteed to automatically grab the captaincy back as soon as his leadership ban expired. Roberts reiterated that Smith was not eligible to become an Australian captain until March, as a condition of the fallout from the ball-tampering fiasco in South Africa last year, and flatly ruled out any chance of him assuming a leadership position this summer.

Monday, 13 January 2020 Langer confirms Labuschagne to play against Pakistan | Sky Australia Sports With less than a month until the first Test of the Australian summer against Pakistan , head coach Justin Langer has confirmed in-form batsman Marnus Labuschagne will be a certain starter .

Australian coach Justin Langer confirms Marnus Labuschagne as certain starter for first Test against Pakistan . With less than a month until the first Test of the Australian summer against Pakistan

"He's done a really good job. He's played well in England, he's played well back here.

"Where he bats will be dependent on who the other selections are.

"I go back to the point - and particularly with the way we're playing Test cricket - if you can bat in the top three for your Sheffield Shield team, you can bat anywhere in the order."

It's well-deserved for the Queenslander, who is averaging 37.5 in his Test career so far and has scored 5 half-centuries.

When quizzed on the other batting positions, Langer kept his cards close to his chest and explained why Alex Carey remains an outside chance of gaining a spot.

"We're really fortunate to have guys playing for Aus A in that three-day game against Pakistan and some guys playing Sheffield Shield cricket," he said.

"We keep saying and we will keep pushing the point: keep performing, keep knocking on the door and there's certainly one or two spots up for grabs for the first Test, so that's really exciting."

"The problem he's got is that the current Australian captain is the wicketkeeper and there's only one wicketkeeper in any side.

"Tim Paine's the best wicketkeeper in the world, he's our captain, he's doing a brilliant job for us.

"'Scary' will bide his time and the opportunities will come at some point."

Smith gobsmacked by T20 award .
Australia will finish the year unbeaten in T20 internationals in a highly-promising sign ahead of hosting the World Cup next year.Speaking after the win, Smith was stunned to have earned the Player of the Series award with just one knock at the crease.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks
usr: 1
This is interesting!